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Everett schools will recognize Kristie Dutton for her service from 5 to 7 p.m. March 1 in the Evergreen Middle School Cafeteria. The public is invited. Dutton has spent a dozen years as a member of the Everett School Board. She also has served as a volunteer and is a director for the Everett Public Schools Foundation.

Vertafore, a provider of software and information to the insurance industry has announced the promotion of Mark Craig to senior vice president of product management, and the promotion of industry veteran Bruce Winterburn to vice president of industry relations. Craig is responsible for developing and refining Vertafore's product strategy. Winterburn's newly created role will focus on deepening Vertafore's alliances with the insurance industry.

Premera has announced the appointment of Janae Sorenson to director of sales, integrated benefits. She will manage sales for life, disability, dental, vision and voluntary products.

The Sultan City Council unanimously approved Janet Peterson and Lucy Hitchcock to join the Sultan Planning Board at a council meeting Feb. 9. Peterson replaces Ken Marshall who stepped down to serve on the Sultan City Council. Hitchcock replaces Steve Harris. Both women will take their seats on the planning board Feb. 28.

Pacific Crest Savings Bank has hired Sheri Peña as senior vice president. She will oversee client management, the bank's deposit operations division and be responsible for the expansion of the business banking platform. Cynthia Funaro was promoted to executive vice president. She has been with the bank since 2003 and serves as the bank's chief risk officer. Wayne "Jay" Bull Jr. was promoted to executive vice president. He has been with the bank since 1998 and serves as the chief financial officer.

Carl Varner, a longtime Snohomish County insurance agent who started his career with the Gilkey-Armstrong agency in Everett, is now working as vice president at Seattle office of Hugh Wood Inc., an independent insurance brokerage. His responsibilities will be in the expansion and development of general commercial business for their office in Seattle for Northwest clients and to assist with Hugh Wood clients in the western U.S., with a focus on commercial real estate property owners and managers.

Business Before Hours will present the "State of the Tulalip Tribes Address" featuring Board Chairman Melvin R. Sheldon Jr. from 7 to 9 a.m. Friday at the Tulalip Casino Canoe Room, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd. in Tulalip. To register, email, or call 360-659-7700. Cost is $23 per person for advance registration or $28 at the door.

Washington Public Market offers free booth space to local produce farmers in downtown Snohomish throughout the spring, summer and fall. The outdoor spaces are available beginning April 14. For more information and an online application, go to

The new Everett Weight Watchers store celebrated its grand opening on Feb. 12. The store, located at 7725 Evergreen Way, Suite 1-1 next to Big Lots, is the first Weight Watchers store to be opened in this area. Territory manager Lisa Fry dedicated the opening to a longtime former employee who recently died.

Pacific West Performing Arts, also known as PacWest Dance, will open a second location in Lake Stevens on March 5. The PacWest location in Snohomish has been open since 2004. The business brings recreational and competitive dance to local children. Parents interested in receiving information about either location can call or stop by the Snohomish studio at1830 Bickford Ave in the Snohomish Business Park.

The Department of Labor & Industries is accepting applications for the statewide workers' compensation medical network that will launch in 2013. Network providers will care for injured workers covered by L&I as well as by self-insured employers. Providers can apply at Complete information on the network and a copy of the new standards are available at

The Snohomish County Assessor's Office announced that the average property tax decreased $105.02 countywide. The decreases in taxes were mainly because taxing districts reached the limit on their levy rate or retired bonds. County Treasurer Kirke Sievers said the Treasurer's Office will begin mailing tax statements Feb. 1.

The first of a series of workshops presented by WorkSource Snohomish County and Sno-Isle Libraries is set for from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Lynnwood Library. "Creating a Targeted Resume" will be discussed. Call 425-778-2148.

The U.S. Postal Service invites small businesses to attend a "Grow Your Business Day" workshop that will help entrepreneurs and proprietors promote their businesses using direct mail. An Every Door Direct workshop will be 10 a.m. Feb. 28 at the Mill Creek City Hall, and at the Everett Main Library that same day at 1 p.m. Seating is limited. Register at

All Things HR, LLC, will partner with Michele Nicholas, regional sales manager for CompuPay, to present a Payroll 101 workshop. The workshop is to be held from 7:45 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Hampton Inn & Suites located at19324 Alderwood Mall Parkway in Lynnwood. Cost is $60 per attendee.

Solarize Stanwood/Camano has announced the selection of Whidbey Sun & Wind and Fire Mountain Solar as authorized installers. A collaborative effort of Northwest SEED (Sustainable Energy for Economic Development), Snohomish County PUD and a team of local volunteer residents, Solarize Stanwood/Camano is designed to help people use solar energy. For upcoming workshop information, go to on or after Friday.

Acupuncture Associates will present a "Natural Solution to Eliminate Allergies" brown bag workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. It is free for Marysville Tulalip Chamber members. Nonmembers pay $5. The seminar will be held in the conference room at the Chamber. Register by calling 360-659-7700 or email Brown Bag Lunches are Sponsored by Waste Management Northwest.

Sterling Gurney, a local Edward Jones financial adviser, will host a coffee club at 10 a.m. March 1, as well as on the first Thursday of every month, at the Edward Jones office located at 602 2nd St., Suite C Snohomish, WA 98290.

An "Evening at the Landing" is the title of a gala event at the Stillaguamish Landing at the Arlington Airport. The event, which features local artists and wineries, as well as North Snohomish County and South Skagit County businesses, is a networking opportunity. It's set for 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

The "A Day in The Life of Edmonds" fashion show is scheduled for April 26. The event that showcases the merchants and businesses of downtown Edmonds runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Edmonds Conference Center. It is a fundraiser for the Downtown Merchant Association. Reservations can be made at Edmonds Chamber, online at or by calling 425-670-1496.

H'Arts 2012, Snohomish County's largest art auction, is scheduled for 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Everett Events Center. Proceeds benefit the programs of the Schack Art Center. More than 400 works of art have been donated by new artists and familiar favorites. Tickets are $100 but are on sale for $85 through Tuesday. For more information, call 425-259-5050 or email

New stuff
Fluke Corporation has announced the availability of the Fluke 430 Series II Three Phase Power Analyzers. It uses a patented algorithm to measure energy wasted by power quality issues and quantify its cost.

Vertafore, a provider of software and information to the insurance industry announced that its total customer count has grown to more than 20,000 organizations. In 2011, Vertafore' facilitated 32.9 million transactions, representing a 491 percent increase since 2007.

Housing Hope will host its second Build a House in a Day project Saturday. With the help of skilled volunteers, the goal is to have the walls, trusses and roof of a single-story, four-bedroom, two-bathroom house fully completed in one day. Construction will start at 8 a.m. and finish by 5 p.m., with a short break at noon for a few words from Monroe Mayor Robert Zimmerman and a presentation by Housing Hope Executive Director Ed Petersen. The house is part of Housing Hope's Marvin Gardens site at 16879 Currie Road SE, Monroe.
The project is part of Housing Hope's Team HomeBuilding program. The new, single-family homes are built by building groups of five to 10 low- to moderate-income families providing sweat equity in lieu of a down payment.
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